The physical consequence of repetitively pulling one's own hair causes the person immense shame and embarrassment so people with trichotillomania, like co-founder of Habitaware Aneela Kumar, often suffer in silence, going to great lengths to hide the evidence of their shame. It was only when Aneela married Sameer Kumar and he one day discovered that she had no eyebrows that she decided to tell someone the secret she had kept for 20 years.
Ellen Crupi can easily recall when she first pulled out a strand of her long dark hair in the same way some people might remember their first kiss or losing their first tooth. She was 12 years old and in gym class at her suburban Rhode Island middle school, waiting for teams to be chosen.
“I was probably just playing with my hair to calm myself down, and I pulled a piece out. I don’t know why,” says the 54-year-old Crupi, who lives in Bethesda. “Ever since that moment, I was hooked. I just felt a zing.”
Pulling out her hair became a coping mechanism for Crupi, a way to tackle anxiety or even boredom, and nothing she was too concerned about at first.
Alan interviews Aneela Idnani - inventor of the Keen bracelet.
Tune in to learn how, after suffering for years with a psychological disorder that caused her to pull out all her eyebrows, she invented a solution - the Keen bracelet.
The Keen bracelet has changed habits and touched thousands of lives all over the globe.
It's important that Keen fits snugly. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which bracelet size to order: